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PE-backed Pilgrim taps Penton as global services VP

Tampa, Florida-based Pilgrim Quality Solutions, a provider of enterprise quality management software and services for the life sciences sector, has hired George Penton as vice president of global services. Previously, Penton worked at ScottMadden Inc where he served as a consulting director. Pilgrim is backed by Riverside Partners LLC.


TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pilgrim Quality Solutions, a leading global provider of enterprise quality management software and services for the Life Sciences, today announced George Penton has joined the firm as Vice President of Global Services.

In his role with Pilgrim, Penton is responsible for leading the company’s worldwide Professional Services Group, directing the team’s project scoping and implementation execution for all of Pilgrim’s quality and compliance business solutions deployed by its customers. He is responsible for developing and productizing Pilgrim’s market-driven service offerings to drive long-term customer success and business value realization.

Penton brings to Pilgrim nearly 30 years of project management experience and operational accomplishments leading international enterprise-wide software implementation initiatives. He most recently served as Consulting Director at ScottMadden, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. In that role he was responsible for leading large multi-functional teams on complex transformation projects, including post-merger integrations and shared services implementation and optimization projects.

Previously, Penton held various project leadership positions within SAP, including functioning as a Director in their Post-Merger Integration Program Management Office, and Director of their Financial Shared Services Center for SAP’s America’s region in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also was a member of SAP’s Market Development Organization’s Solution Management team, responsible for driving product development roadmap and strategy for SAP Financial Applications. Penton also worked with Spherion Corporation, both as Director of Shared Services, and Project Lead for its Peoplesoft ERP Financials Implementation.

“We are pleased to have George join Pilgrim and our Executive Team,” said Rick Lowrey, Pilgrim’s Chief Executive Officer. “Throughout his career, George has consistently driven successful implementation projects while building customer relationship value with the companies he and his teams have served. His appointment as Vice President of Global Services fortifies Pilgrim’s strategic initiative to ensure its continuing leadership in delivering world-class quality and compliance management solutions and services.”

“Pilgrim has a proven track record in the enterprise quality management software marketplace, and I’m excited to join the organization at this time when it’s poised for significant growth and expansion,” Penton said. “I’m excited to be a part of Pilgrim’s focus of their continued leadership success across the Life Sciences industries while improving and extending the organization’s services reach globally.”

Penton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Barry University in Miami, Florida, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

About Pilgrim Quality Solutions
Pilgrim Quality Solutions is the leader in quality compliance management software and services for Life Sciences. For more than 20 years, our solutions have automated thousands of processes across global company sites to manage the quality and compliance of life’s most important products. Our cloud-based and on-premise solutions include in-the-box best practice workflows, document and process management, dashboards, electronic signatures, audit trails, and automated validation – helping companies more easily achieve quality system compliance and pass regulatory audits. Pilgrim Quality Solutions is majority owned by Boston-based private equity firm, Riverside Partners LLC. With Pilgrim Quality Solutions as your partner, you are prepared to succeed. For more information, visit